Lucknow: This Lok Sabha election in UP will see many candidates fighting to retain their seats. BJP candidate from Ghaziabad, Gen (Retd) V K Singh is one such candidate. This seat goes to polls in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 11.
In the 2014 elections, Singh won with the biggest margin, beating even Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reports say that 2014 elections saw as many as 13 candidates in UP who won with a margin of 3 lakhs or more votes. These include one candidate each from Samajwadi Party and Congress too.
As mentioned before, BJP’s Singh won with a lead of 5.6 lakh votes from Ghaziabad. He had defeated Congress’ Raj Babbar by winning as many as 7.58 lakh votes. This year, he is pitted against Congress’ Dolly Sharma.
Next up was Bhola Singh who won from Bulandshahr with a lead of 4.2 lakh votes on a BJP ticket. This year, he will be given a fight by Congress’ Banshi Singh and BSP’s Yogesh Verma.
Again from BJP, Sanjiv Baliyan won in 2014 by a margin of a little over 4 lakh votes from Muzaffarnagar. Congress candidate Narendra Kumar is going to give a tough fight to Baliyan.
From Varanasi, BJP’s Narendra Modi won against Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal by 3.7 lakh votes.
SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav demonstrated he still had it in him by winning from Mainpuri with a victory margin of 3.65 lakh votes. This year, Yadav is contesting from Mainpuri again. BJP has fielded Prem Singh Shakya against him.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi won from Rae Bareli with a margin of over 3.5 lakh votes. This year, she hopes to repeat her performance against BJP’s Dinesh Pratap Singh.
BJP’s sitting MP from Mathura Hema Malini had won the 2014 elections with a margin of 3.3 lakh votes. This year, she has RLD’s Narendra Singh pitted against her. RLD is a part of an alliance with SP-BSP. Congress has fielded Mahesh Pathak from Mathura.
Again a BJP MP, Rajesh Diwakar had won the 2014 elections with a margin of 3.2 lakh votes. Winning from his stronghold of Gorakhpur, then BJP candidate Yogi Adityanath also won by a huge margin of 3.12 lakh votes. A by-poll saw the seat go to SP’s Pravin Nishad. However, Yogi pulled off a coup of sorts when Pravin joined the saffron party recently, refusing to join the SP-BSP-RLD alliance despite an official announcement about the same.
Unnao saw Sakshi Maharaj win with a margin of 3.10 lakh votes. This time, Maharaj would defend his seat against the alliance’s Pooja Pal and Anu Tandon of the Congress. Maharaj had even threatened the party that the ‘results would not be good’ if he was denied a ticket.
Phulpur saw the BJP’s Keshav Prasad Maurya win with a margin of 3.08 lakh votes. This year, the BJP has fielded Kesari Patel.
While BJP’s Maneka Gandhi won from Pilibhit in 2014 with a margin of 3.07 lakh votes, this year, the saffron party has fielded her son Varun Gandhi.
Ram Shankar Katheria, the sitting MP from Agra, had won in 2014 with a little over 3 lakh votes. However, this year, he is fighting from